Dear Last Rent Check,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dear Last Rent Check,

dear last rent check,
we freaking did it.
just me and you, 750 a month, month by month.
holy smokes!
i promised to myself and to S&H that we would and could do this.  12 months of living here and we would have a house.  a home for us.  a fresh start.  let's just get through these 12 months.
month by month i learned a new lesson.  whew, some the hard way, but i learned.
and 12 months later we DID IT!
and only 22 days until we have A HOUSE!
a four bedroom, two story, double lot house with an awesome fenced in backyard.
and then the best part, not having to make a payment until JULY!  holla!
i remember counting down the months until i was done with rent.
and it's FINALLY here!
it's SO hard to go from owning a house to renting.  blah.
even just knowing it was your first house.  your first home.  the excitement of it all.  and that i had to walk away from all of it.  whew.
going from a three bedroom, 1.5 bath house with a finished basement, sunroom, huge back yard and two car garage to a two bedroom, two bathroom, one car garage duplex with a small yard.
but we did it.
all by ourselves.
and for those of you who continue to ask/harass/start rumors - i didn't pawn that 10k ring either.
(i will gladly send you a picture message of it for proof, feel free to text anytime!)
i don't need to stoop that low to achieve my goals.
it's called working my ass off and earning every.single.thing i have.
as much as i'm ready to pack my bags and head out of this duplex, i owe so much to this duplex.
ha - if those walls could talk.
they have seen it ALL!
the pit of all pits, but yet some highs too.
a LOT of sad, but a good chunk of happy.
a cassie who couldn't eat and got down to almost 120 pounds.
to a cassie who is happy.  and totally gaining that unfortunate "happy weight" back.... lol.
this duplex has been a place where i have grown SO much.
even S&H.  they continue to get more and more awesome every day!!
the place henry took his first steps and stella performed her first guitar concert.
where stella learned to be potty trained and henry graduated to a big boy bed.
i remember telling my ex i had found a duplex and the date i had to make a decision.
it was like two weeks notice or something.
i remember the day it was time to sign the contract.
i remember thinking, he's going to call, he's going to tell me not to do it.
he never did.
i cried the entire way home from work.
that's a day that will never leave my memory i'm sure, but it's a day that changed me and helped me become the person i am today.
so here's to never writing another rent check EVER again!
and to us three having a new home.


Tina Steibel said...

I am so proud of you!

Sarah said...

I am so unbelievably happy for you three!! You deserve it more than i can say!!!

Congrats on this amazing new chapter & I cannot wait to see how you make your house your home!

Anonymous said...

ahhhh I LOVE THIS!!! :) :)
I was waiting for that small print to show up on the ol blog. Good for you, Cassie!!

All. on. your. own!
Let us know if you have an electrical (or other issues except plumbing haha) that Andy could help you out with in the new place.

Jackie said...

Congrats!!! So Happy for you! You deserve it!!!

Meagan said...

I was almost in tears reading this!!

Congrats on everything...a new house, no more rent checks, doing it all on your own!! You deserve nothing but happiness & it definitely seems like you are there!

btw, my jaw hit the floor when I read the fine print. People are idiots!

sblind2 said...

I got a little teary eyed from this post - so happy for you! CONGRATS!!!

Adrien said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and everything you have accomplished. The TRUE super mom!

This definitely made me teary eyed, too. I pray that someday, if you want it and the time is right, that someone comes into your life who would ALWAYS make that call. <3

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

Yay - thats awesome! You have accomplished so much, you should be proud! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you. I know how hard it was for you to make that move to the duplex, but it was the best thing for you guys. I couldn't ask for better role models as sisters. I'm so glad you have done so well on your own. There's to many more happy years!!!

Shannon Snodgrass said...

Literally sitting here crying (good happy tears for you). I remember this feeling myself and I guess it brings that all back up to the surface. Don't let ANYONE tell you what you can or can't do. YOU ARE AWESOME CASSIE!!! So, so proud of you! XOXO

Amanda aka Manda said...

So happy for you! I can't wait to see pictures of the new home! You really did work your ass off! And you definitely DESERVE everything! Congratulations!

Kacie said...

This brought tears to my eyes...happy tears! I am so happy for you and what you have done for yourself and your kids! You are an amazing mom and a person someone could really look up to! Love ya, Cassie! I'm so proud of you!!

Beth said...

This was such a great post. Congratulations!!!

Neri said...

AHHH!!! Congratulations on YOUR LAST RENT PAYMENT Cassie!! How exciting for you all!!

Mary Cavalier said...

So proud of you! You'll always remember the pits days buy use them to keep pushing you forward.


Anonymous said...

Way to go Cassie :) I cried through this whole post! Everyone knew you could do it!!!! S&H are two very lucky kiddos to have a momma like you.....don't EVER let anyone tell you differently! Here's to the next chapter of your new life (CHEERS) You Rock!!!

Love, Terri

Laura said...

"i remember thinking, he's going to call, he's going to tell me not to do it.
he never did."
Oh girl, this k.i.l.l.s me. I'm glad you have moved on & have bettered yourself but that line is hard to read, made me tear up for you. But looking forward to seeing new pics of your new place & I know you & the kids are going to love it there. Congrats!!

Pamela said...

Awesome!! That's exciting! Congratulations!!

Christine said...

this is great news - i have so much respect for you lady. oh, and a fenced in yard! jealous!!!!